Lions Tigers and Bears is a brand-new design studio, started in 2020, in part as a personal lock-down project by me, Gilles Vandenoostende, a creative technologist, webdesigner (and part-time indie game developer), based in Ghent, Belgium.
The aim of this company is to do great and interesting design work for anyone in need of it, in whatever form that might be: from a simple website, interactive installation, mobile app or even a video game. I can also do graphic design, illustration, motion graphics, or create new brands, styleguides and logos.
I can work solo, as well as along side other designers, developers, creatives or managers as the case may be. My role might be as little as a creative consultation, or as involved as a full design sprint from concept to final production. My broad set of skills and talents give me a unique perspective that can be of tremendous value to any business venture or digital project.
As well as being a banner for me to house my highly professional and often serious freelance design work, Lions Tigers and Bears is at its core also an artistic endeavour. So whenever I'm not working for clients, I shall be using the LTB brand to publish personal projects, chief of which will be my very own indie game: Von Neumann's Catastrophe, as well as other digital experiments in the near future.
I want to help bridge the gap between Art and Technology, Science and Culture, Fun and Philosophy. I am a creative millipede who refuses to be pigeonholed into predictable categories. I like to wear many types of hats, literally and figuratively.
Hired as Creative Technologist in 2013. My job was to brainstorm with creative teams, but I also did Graphic Design and UX for Saatchi & Saatchi, who moved into our offices in 2014. Clients: Coca Cola, Carlsberg, Belfius, Samsonite, City of Antwerp, …
TBWA, Brussels Belgium. March 2012 – December 2013
Designer and Information Architect. Made prototypes, but I also did front-end development, 3D animation, and more. Left after I got a job-offer with Duval Guillaume. Clients: KBC, Telenet, MINI, PepsiCo, Spa, …
Designer and illustrator
Typography, design, grids and illustration are my passion. Digital- and traditional painting are where I get my creative juices flowing.
User Experience Designer
In every digital project I've worked on (wether it's apps or websites), I've always strived to keep the needs of the user front and center at all times. I know all about usability testing, accessibility, wireframes and prototypes.
3D Technical Artist
Modelling, texturing, baking and rigging 3D assets to prepare them for use with modern 3D engines or web-frameworks.
As a digital native, I've been online since before browsers were even invented. Combined with my passion for creative expression I'm the guy you need to turn any idea into something that works online (or who will tell you when it won't).
I know and have worked with the following applications, frameworks and technologies:
Adobe Creative Suite
Adobe After Effects
(listed in no particular order of preference - I'm technology agnostic and choose my tools based on the project, not on what I like working with most)